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Big Ten Conference reverses itself, votes to bring back college football during pandemic

It’s official. Big Ten college football will return in October.

The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors announced Wednesday after a unanimous vote that the conference’s football season will resume on the weekend of Oct. 23-24. The announcement follows reports that a proposal had been approved for the league to resume play and a hot mic moment from the University of Nebraska’s president suggesting an announcement was imminent.

Each school is to play eight games in a nine-week window, with the league title game tentatively set for Dec. 19, the Journal Sentinel reported. The decision on whether fans will be able to attend the games will likely be left up to individual schools.

In August, the Big Ten voted to postpone all college sports, including football, because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The Pac-12 presidents and chancellors soon followed suit, also voting to postpone its own fall sports season.

The Big Ten’s statement announcing the resumed play indicates student-athletes, coaches, trainers, and anyone else on the field for practice and games will undergo daily antigen testing for COVID-19. The decision to play was reportedly made after hours of deliberation Sunday afternoon in cooperation with the Big Ten Return to Competition Task Force, a team of medical experts that established rules and procedures to maintain the health and safety of the teams.

“Everyone associated with the Big Ten should be very proud of the groundbreaking steps that are now being taken to better protect the health and safety of the student-athletes and surrounding communities,” Dr. Jim Borchers, the head team physician at Ohio State University and co-chair of the Return to Competition Task Force medical subcommittee, said.

“Our focus with the Task Force over the last six weeks was to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes. Our goal has always been to return to competition so all student-athletes can realize their dream of competing in the sports they love,” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said. “We are incredibly grateful for the collaborative work that our Return to Competition Task Force have accomplished to ensure the health, safety and wellness of student-athletes, coaches and administrators.”

Daily testing for football will begin by Sept. 30. Other Big Ten college sports will also require testing protocols before they may return to play. The Big Ten will soon announce updates on men’s and women’s basketball, men’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, wrestling, and other winter sports.

The Pac-12 is also in discussion to return to play this year. ESPN reported that the “most aggressive” return plan is looking at mid-to-late November to see play return. The Pac-12 has partnered with Quidel Corporation, an FDA-approved rapid tests manufacturer, to prepare to test student-athletes daily for the coronavirus. However, schools in California and Oregon are dependent on state public officials to be cleared to resume play.

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Horowitz: Trump-appointed judge: Idaho can’t block men from competing in women’s sports

Another day, another failure of those conservatives who chose the “appoint better judges” route rather than scrapping judicial supremacy over our culture.

We are living in a time when states and cities can indefinitely mandate draconian “face coverings” on our own mouths and noses, along with a full panoply of restrictions on life, liberty, and property. Yet the courts have been silent because those are real constitutional rights that are being infringed upon, and old-fashioned inalienable rights are not in vogue. What is cool to the black-robed tyrants, including some GOP appointees, is the “right” for men to participate in female sports. Presumably, so long as they wear masks while they are running the track.

On Monday, Judge David C. Nye, a Trump appointee to Idaho’s federal bench, placed a temporary injunction on Idaho’s “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” which bars men who claim they are women from participating in female sports (and vice versa). Nye said that plaintiffs, who include track and field athletes at Boise State University, “are likely to succeed in establishing the Act is unconstitutional as currently written” because, in his estimation, it likely violates the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the 14th Amendment.

Nye claimed that Idaho’s ban is “in stark contrast to the policies of elite athletic bodies that regulate sports both nationally and globally” and that separating sexes by scientific designation “burdens all female athletes with the risk and embarrassment of having to ‘verify’ their ‘biological sex’ in order to play women’s sports.”

Shockingly, Nye acted as if he really wanted to avoid this controversy, but he contends that the 14th Amendment from 1868 is what compels him to redefine sexuality! “In making this determination, it is not just the constitutional rights of transgender girls and women athletes at issue but, as explained above, the constitutional rights of every girl and woman athlete in Idaho,” Nye wrote.

Remember when we were told that Gorsuch’s opinion in the transgender employment case was just about statutory reading of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and not about creating a constitutional right? Yeah, right. As I warned at the time, the Supreme Court’s Bostock decision served as a green light for lower courts to take it a step further.

Imagine the looks on the faces of those who wrote the 14th Amendment if they were to see how a provision designed to grant freed black slaves equal fundamental rights is being used for state-sponsored gender-swapping. Rep. James F. Wilson, R-Iowa, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee back in the 1860s who helped draft the 14th Amendment, spoke emphatically that it was “establishing no new right, declaring no new principle.” “It is not the object of this bill to establish new rights, but to protect and enforce those which belong to every citizen,” declared Wilson in 1866.

No new principle, indeed! In fact, the only thing this amendment is not used for today is what it was intended – to stop states from crushing individual liberty, as we are seeing with the mask mandates and closures of churches and businesses.

Justice Gorsuch tried to deny that his decision would grow legs beyond the scope of the employment discrimination ruling, but Justice Alito warned that it would affect female sports, among other things. “The effect of the Court’s reasoning may be to force young women to compete against students who have a very significant biological advantage, including students who have the size and strength of a male but identify as female and students who are taking male hormones in order to transition from female to male,” wrote Alito in his dissent, citing, among other cases, this budding Idaho lawsuit.

Fast-forward to this week, and the Idaho judge cited Gorsuch’s Bostock decision as part of his rationale for believing transgenderism is enshrined in the 14th Amendment. Noting that while the ruling was in the context of Title VII employment discrimination law, Judge Nye still cited Gorsuch’s operative line to apply it elsewhere: “It is impossible to discriminate against a person for being … transgender without discriminating against that individual based on sex.” The bottom line is that once you apply that thinking to a statute, it will be applied to the 14th Amendment, and once it’s applied to employment, it will be applied to every facet of life.

Taking a broad look at the state of play in the courts, conservatives must finally recognize the imbalance in political outcomes. Notice how, in blue states, where the governments mandate broad violations of individual liberty, the courts are nowhere to be seen in defending rights that existed since the time of Blackstone. Yet, when red states want to simply protect against novel and destructive policies that are in opposition to individual rights, the federal courts are empowered to swoop in.

Thus, conservatives who are stuck in California where “my body, my right” doesn’t seem to extend to one’s own mouth and nose to breathe fresh air, can’t exactly go to Idaho to find respite. Where the legislators don’t implement the woke leftist agenda, the courts will. The Ninth Circuit has already forced Idaho to pay for a castration “operation” for a male child sex offender sitting in state prison. The Supreme Court refused to reverse that opinion. Likewise, last year, the Supreme Court refused to overturn a Ninth Circuit opinion preventing the city of Boise from cleaning up homeless encampments.

Heads the Left wins, tails the Right loses. Either way, the alt-Left gets its policies enacted in all 50 states.

Putting everything together, the courts of Sodom and Gomorrah believe there is a right for a man to play female sports, a right for a man to secure a taxpayer-funded castration, and a right to camp out on city streets – but no right to open your business or walk freely without a cloth on your own mouth and nose.

At a time when blue states clearly have a license to supplant the Constitution with the Antifa agenda, red states have a responsibility to hold their ground against lawless courts. And no, “but Gorsuch” and “appointing Republican judges” are not the answer. It is the problem.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Introducing the Seattle Kraken

The Kraken is the name of Seattle’s new NFL franchise.

I have always really liked collective nouns as sports team names (like the Utah Jazz or the Minnesota Wild), mostly because it’s hard to describe individual players.

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered.

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California bans travel to Idaho over prohibition on boys competing in girls’ sports and new birth certificate rules

If you’ve ever spent time in Idaho — especially the Treasure Valley — you’ve likely heard citizens there lament the massive influx of Californians to their conservative state. There’s a familiar refrain that SoCal hippies are going to destroy Idahoans’ way of life.

So the latest declaration from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra banning publicly funded trips to Idaho probably did not cause great consternation among the people of the Gem State.

What’s this ban?

Becerra announced in a news release from his office Monday that the state will ban government-funded trips to Idaho beginning July 1 because of two new laws that “directly authorize discrimination against the transgender community.”

He was referring to Idaho’s House Bill 500 and House Bill 509.

House Bill 500, which goes into effect July 1, prohibits biological men from competing in women’s school sports statewide.

The law, signed in March, says, “Athletic teams or sports designated for females, women, or girls shall not be open to students of the male sex.” And it offers specific criteria for determining sex: “[A] student may establish sex by presenting a signed physician’s statement that shall indicate the student’s sex-based solely on: (a) The student’s internal and external reproductive anatomy; (b) The student’s normal endogenously produced levels of testosterone; and (c) An analysis of the student’s genetic makeup.”

It also permits testing of students to ensure that they meet the standards of biologically female athletes.

House Bill 509 blocks transgender Idahoans from changing the sex listed on their birth certificates.

The law, also set to take effect July 1, states that “the purpose of documenting factual information on vital records is to help the government fulfill one of its most basic duties: protecting the health and safety of its citizens,” and adds that “allowing individuals to alter their vital records, including birth certificates, based upon subjective feelings or experiences undermines the government’s interest in having accurate vital records.”

Becerra’s move this week is based on California AB 1887, which bans “state-funded travel to states with laws that authorize or require discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.” The ban applies to all California state agencies, departments, boards, authorities and commissions. It also applies to the state’s public university system, which would impact travel for college sporting events in Idaho.

What was the reaction in Idaho?

The Family Policy Alliance of Idaho blasted California’s move.

Blaine Conzatti, the organization’s director of advocacy, said in a statement, “Title IX was designed to protect women’s opportunities, and one of the key ways it’s been used to accomplish that is through giving women their own sports teams. The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act protects the spirit of Title IX by ensuring that girls’ sports are reserved for girls.”

“Girls deserve fair play and equal opportunities in sports today just as much as they did in 1972 when Title IX was implemented. California liberals and the ACLU are sending the message that female athletes who don’t want to compete against biological men are ‘bigoted’ and ‘intolerant,'” she continued. “In reality, they just want to compete in sports on a level playing field. This gaslighting of Idaho girls needs to stop. There is nothing discriminatory about laws that protect fair play and equal opportunities for female athletes.”

(H/T: The Christian Post)

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US Women’s soccer suffers defeat in court over ‘equal pay’ lawsuit

U.S. Women’s soccer players suffered a legal defeat when a judge ruled that they were not being unfairly paid in comparison to their male counterparts.

The ruling was handed down by Judge R. Gary Klausner of the United States District Court for the Central District of California on Friday.

Critics have claimed that female soccer players aren’t payed as well as their male counterparts, but Klausner disagreed.

“The WNT (Women’s National Team) has been paid more on both a cumulative and an average per-game basis than the MNT (Men’s National Team) over the class period,” said the court according to a report from Reuters.

Klausner allowed for a separate claim to proceed by the female players arguing that they were receiving disparate compensation in the form of travel, training, housing and other proceeds.

The United States Soccer Federation showed that the female players were paid $8 million more in salaries and bonuses, despite the games of the male players grossing much more game revenue.

Molly Levinson, who represents the female players, said that they plan to appeal the decision.

“We are shocked and disappointed. We will not give up our hard work for equal pay,” said Levinson.

“We are confident in our case and steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that girls and women who play this sport will not be valued as lesser just because of their gender,” she added.

Here’s more about the great soccer gender pay debate:

Here’s Why Women Are Paid Less In Soccer

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ACLU threatens to sue if Idaho passes law banning biological males from competing against biological females in sports

LGBT groups are decrying the state government in Idaho as a bill banning biological males from competing against biological females in sports comes closer to becoming a legal reality.

The bill was approved by the Senate and will go the House for approval. Critics say the bill is unconstitutional and allows for discrimination against transgender persons.

Supporters of the law say it will protect females from unfair competition by biological males.

“It started to level the playing field. But now we are in a new crisis,” said Republican Sen. Mary Souza according to the Associated Press.

“Girls who have been struggling and training and competing in their sport are suddenly confronted by biological males,” she explained.

Trangender advocates and supporters complained about the bill on social media.

“The notion the Idaho House would spend time during #CoronavirusOutbreak looking for new ways to persecute transgender people is just beyond the pale. Don’t do this,” pleaded Montel Williams.

“While the world grapples with #coronavirus the Idaho Senate focused on discriminating by legislating against #transgender people and voting 24-11 to pass a bill barring transgender girls and women from women’s high school and college sports teams,” said Democratic strategist Meghan Stabler.

“We will sue”

The ACLU promised legal action if the governor signed the bill.

“The Idaho Senate just passed a bill targeting trans student athletes. This bill could subject any student athlete to invasive screenings,” the ACLU tweeted. “If @GovernorLittle signs this bill, we will sue.”

Here’s more about the proposed Idaho law:

Idaho lawmakers hear debate on transgender athletes’ bill

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Olympic torch lighting ceremony will be closed to spectators because of the coronavirus outbreak

As the world’s top athletes get ready for the upcoming Summer Olympic games in Toyko, Japan, the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic torch will be closed to the public as a result of the ongoing global coronavirus outbreak.

According to a Monday announcement from the Hellenic Olympic Committee — the olympic body of Greece— this Thursday’s torch-lighting ceremony in Ancient Olympia “will be held without the presence of spectators and will be attended by only 100 accredited guests from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee.”

Additionally, the committee said that Wednesday’s dress rehearsal would be closed to the public and the press, but that media credentials “will be allocated to ensure coverage of the lighting ceremony” the following day. A follow-up announcement from the committee on Wednesday says that the dress rehearsal “took place today without any problems.”

Reuters reports that this will be the first time since 1984 that the ceremony — which usually draws “several thousand spectators” — will take place without a public audience.

The lighting of the olympic flame takes place months before the Olympic games actually begin in the host country. At the ceremony, the flame is traditionally lit by an actress dressed a high priestess via the ancient method of concentrating the suns rays with a parabolic mirror. Once the torch is ablaze, a series of relay runners take it through Greece and the host country to the site of the games for the opening ceremony, according to the Tokyo 2020 games’ website.

The decision to bar spectators from the torch lighting ceremony came just one day after the country’s Health Ministry announced a two-week moratorium on fans attending sporting events and school field trips as the country in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

In its Monday announcement, the HOC also urged “the Mayors of the cities through which the Olympic Flame will pass or stay overnight to follow the instructions of the Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Organization.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, Greece had 90 confirmed cases of the virus and zero deaths, according to numbers from Johns Hopkins University.

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Arizona state House passes bill barring biological males from girls’ sports

Lawmakers in Arizona moved a step closer to barring biological males from competing in girls’ sports.

According to a report Tuesday from the Arizona Republic, the state’s House of Representatives passed a bill that would close off designated female sports “to students of the male sex”:

The emotional hours-long debate on House Bill 2706 culminated in a party-line vote of 31-29, sending the measure to the state Senate, where it will become another flashpoint in the culture wars at the state Capitol.

Rep. Nancy Barto, a Phoenix Republican who is sponsoring the measure, argued it is necessary in the face of a lawsuit in Connecticut brought by the conservative Scottsdale-based group Alliance Defending Freedom and students who argue they unfairly lost out in competition with transgender athletes.

H.B. 2706 would require sports or teams sponsored by educational institutions to be designated as either coed, male or female, with biological males not being allowed to compete in female-designated events.

The bill also says that in the event of a dispute about participation on a sport or team, “A student may establish the student’s sex by presenting a signed physician’s statement that indicates the student’s sex based on an analysis of the student’s genetic makeup.”

The Arizona Republic story points out that a previous version of the bill had more stringent requirements for establishing biological sex in a dispute — which included determining testosterone levels — that were amended after pushback from Democrats, who said they were too invasive.

Language in the findings section of the bill declares that “biological differences between females and males, especially as they relate to natural levels of testosterone, ‘explain the male and female secondary sex characteristics which develop during puberty and have lifelong effects, including those most important for success in sport,” citing a paper from the Duke Law Center for Sports Law and Policy.

The proposed restrictions would apply to public schools and private schools that are part of interscholastic sports organizations, as well as public colleges and community colleges and other higher learning institutions that are members of national athletic associations such as the NCAA.

Naturally, the bill has drawn criticism from those who say that student athletes’ biological makeup shouldn’t trump their perceived gender identity in the realm of athletics.

“Transgender girls are girls, and transgender boys are boys,” Amanda Parris, policy counsel for the ACLU of Arizona, said of the bill in a statement against the legislation last Friday. “Transgender students participate in sports for the same reasons that other students do. They want enjoy the activities, challenge themselves and be a part of a team.”

“Trans athletes are not a threat. We need to protect trans kids—and all LGBTQ+ kids—and ensure they feel safe and welcomed at school,” Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said last month, urging lawmakers to reject the bill.

Meanwhile, legislators in several other states have also sought to address the question of transgender athletes in girls’ sports. Similar bills have so far been proposed or filed in Idaho, Missouri, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Washington, Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio and Alabama.

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Chiefs’ Travis Kelce joined in kneeling protest, but he’s facing backlash over his comments about visiting the White House

Kansas City Chiefs star player Travis Kelce is facing online criticism after he explained why he would visit the White House to celebrate the team’s Super Bowl victory despite his personal political objections.

“Grew up my whole life watching teams win championships and then go to the White House and get recognized for their greatness… regardless of who is in office I think it’s a unique opportunity to experience our nations Capital,” he tweeted.

While Kelce was excited to visit the White House, many online were less than enthused, as they were expecting him to protest against President Donald Trump. Kelce had previously participated in the controversial kneeling protest during the national anthem.

Kelce’s teammate Frank Clark had mixed feelings about attending.

“I know historically,” he said, “that’s something you do as a Super Bowl champion. But we’ll see, man. It’s a lot of mixed emotions about stuff going on there. We’ll see.”

Head coach Andy Reid said that he would be attending the celebration. “If they’re inviting us, I’ll be there,” Reid said. “It’s quite an honor, I think.”

The president had said previously that he was excited to host the Chiefs.

“Every one of them wants to be here. And the coach loves us. The coach is great. Andy Reid,” he said.

Here’s more about the White House visit:

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ESPN suspends analyst over ‘derogatory slur’ about Browns quarterback caught on hot mic

An ESPN analyst was suspended on Tuesday over a “derogatory slur” that was accidentally caught by a microphone about Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Tony Grossi complained that the Browns could have had other, better quarterbacks, when a live microphone caught his insult against Mayfield.

He named other quarterbacks the Browns had passed on, then called Mayfield a “f**king midget.”

The video quickly went viral and ESPN Cleveland released a statement about his suspension.

“We are aware of Tony Grossi’s statement about Baker Mayfield. The term Tony used is a derogatory slur to describe Little People. Good Karma Brands will not tolerate derogatory language that demeans others or groups of people,” the statement read.

“We are addressing this matter with Tony directly, and while we normally do not comment on personnel matters, we do want to share that we have made the decision to immediately and indefinitely suspend Tony Grossi,” the statement continued. “In addition, we will pursue sensitivity and inclusion training for everyone on our content teams across our company.”

Grossi also released a statement via his official social media account.

“I am truly sorry for my language and choice of words in a remark I made about Bakery Mayfield that was captured on our live feed on TheLandOnDemand,” said Grossi.

“I sincerely apologize for using a word that is a derogatory slur. There’s no excuse for using that language in any context. It was said without malice but also without thought,” he added.

“I have always endeavored to report and comment on him and the team fairly, and am shaken by these vents.” Grossi concluded.

The Browns had a disappointing season after much hype in the media about their talented roster. They finished the 2019 season with a 6-10 record and missed the playoffs.